Child Custody

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Protecting Your Interests In Child Custody Cases

Parents want the best for their children. But, in a custody dispute, figuring out what is best can be challenging. Many are torn between fighting tooth and nail to protect their time with their kids and limiting the children’s exposure to fighting by often making uncomfortable compromises with the other parent.

At Graff & Associates, LLC, we can help make these difficult decisions easier. We work with you throughout a child custody dispute, helping you to understand the law and how it may apply in your case. We support you in making decisions that are right for your family, and we will fight hard to protect your interests in Pennsylvania courts.

At our Montgomery County law firm, we create child custody and visitation solutions for children born during a marriage as well as children born outside of marriage. We work with families who are currently going through the divorce process as well as help enforce and modify existing child custody orders after a divorce has been finalized. We also handle grandparents’ rights cases, complex cases involving alleged parental alienation and much more.

Solutions Tailored To Your Unique Needs

Each child is different. Each family has unique goals. We can help you negotiate with your spouse to create a schedule that works for you. Mediation can often be a useful tool to create parenting plans and custody agreements. Families who engage in mediation are more likely to report satisfaction in the parenting plans they create. Further, mediated child custody agreements are more likely to be followed.

However, mediation is not right in every case. Sometimes, aggressive court action is needed to achieve the best possible results — especially if one parent is being unreasonable. When necessary, our attorneys take child custody cases to trial. We partner with highly regarded experts, including child psychologists who will testify on your behalf, and we thoroughly prepare to present the proper evidence needed to prove your case to Pennsylvania family court judges.

Three Secrets For Creating Great Parenting Plans

Graff & Associates, LLC, is devoted to helping families develop child custody and visitation agreements that keep relational ties strong. Even if you and your spouse split or change your living arrangements, your children deserve to maintain a healthy routine. By fortifying your decisions with smart legal assistance, your kids can do more than survive: they can thrive. Coming up with a sound parenting plan is an essential part of setting a daily pace that lets you and your children flourish. Here are three vital tips to get you started:

1. Understand Your Obligations

Pennsylvania courts hold everyone to the same basic standards. Whether you represent yourself or rely on professional help, you’ll need to pay filing fees, fill out the appropriate paperwork, show up for hearings and follow procedures when you’re served with court papers or trying to serve another party. Your parenting agreement may necessitate that you submit various petitions and forms to be valid, so it’s vital to talk to an attorney about the legal ramifications.

2. Think Ahead

Parenting agreements aren’t legally binding until they’re approved by a court. While you’re still in the preliminary stages, you need to consider possible changes that might impact your ability to adhere to a finalized arrangement. For instance, you might lose your job or have to move to take care of an elderly relative. True, there are ways to modify agreements after the fact, and you can’t anticipate every possible situation. Nonetheless, it’s important to come up with arrangements that don’t leave you without options.

3. Rise Above Your Pride

A parenting plan isn’t just for you and your spouse. You need to remember that its primary function is to provide your children with stable living circumstances and appropriate care. It may be tough to get past your emotions, but if you’re not absolutely certain that you can distance yourself from your personal feelings and do what’s in your children’s best interest, you should work with a professional mediator who can help you negotiate and make wiser decisions. Our Jenkintown and Philadelphia lawyers are extremely diligent when it comes to devising parenting plans. By applying a forward-thinking approach that’s grounded in proven legal experience and compassionate advisement, we make it easier for families in and around Montgomery County to grow and thrive.

Combating And Preventing Parental Alienation

At Graff & Associates, LLC, our lawyers help clients in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania fight parental alienation with compassion and strength. We can help increase the likelihood of a positive legal outcome by properly addressing the existence of parental alienation, and we can provide the guidance you need to prevent it in the future.

How Parental Alienation Works

Anything your child’s other parent says or does to diminish, demean, defame, incriminate you or to keep your child from seeing you (or wanting to see you) may be considered a form of alienation. If the other parent speaks ill of you to your child or attempts to make your child hate you, that parent may be guilty of trying to distance your child from you emotionally.

It might consist of negative remarks or it could be an all-out campaign to make your child suspicious of you or your love. In either case, it is unacceptable.

Examples Of Parental Alienation

Here are a few examples of potential alienation strategies that a parent might employ out of anger or bitterness:

Fighting Parental Alienation

When determining custody, Pennsylvania courts take into account which parent is best suited to allow fair access to the child by the other parent. If necessary, parental alienation can be proved through expert psychological assessment and observation. Results are brought before a judge who then determines how severe the alienation is and how it should be addressed. The parent who attempts to alienate the other will be viewed unfavorably by the judge and likely not be granted custody.

Contact Our Lawyers About Your Child Custody And Visitation Concerns

No matter your situation, you can call Graff & Associates, LLC, at 215-572-6868 or email us to set up a free consultation. We maintain offices in Jenkintown and Philadelphia.

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